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Hi I'm James Anderson

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm James, I work in the film and music industry, some of my work has been in films for children, others for older people, and I'm working on yet more including a TV show about fishing. I've worked in catalog and service call centers as well. I've also worked in the broadcasting industry and helped build a radio station, including assisting in acquiring music for that station. I have also done things in relation to classical music as well. Also have performed in interfaith choirs that perform urban-styled gospel music to share common beliefs between those of my faith and those of other faiths in my local area.

Why I am a Mormon

As with anything there is a lot of good out there in terms of religion. What I have found that has always been there is the fact that the Mormon faith is the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today and has the same organization that existed at the time the New Testament events happened. 'Mormon' is only a nickname, like some things it is more easy to remember than a longer name that something has. The official name of the Church is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'. When I or anyone steps into a local meetinghouse on any given Sunday, one is struck by the simplicity of the building, the simplicity of the service, how the leaders interact with the members, and how the teaching focuses solidly on Jesus Christ, his life and ministry, and his atonement, and how the Church is based on Bible teachings and how the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, makes clear for all what the Bible teaches. I am able to teach on occasion and in working with leaders and those I teach occasionally, I find I can always count on anyone teaching to focus solidly on Christ and the gospel. .

How I live my faith

Being a member of Christ's Church on the earth today is not rocket science for anyone, in my case even given my disability, it's easy to live my faith just like anyone else can. The Church has many opportunities to serve in various assignments large or small, including leadership positions in my local congregation. I have done everything from helping my bishop set up appointments to helping anyone regardless of their faith find their ancestors through the FamilySearch website, to singing in the ward (local congregation) choir and at larger Church gatherings and occasional interfaith gatherings.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

James Anderson
The first thing they will do is testify of the existence of God and his love for us, about Jesus Christ, and Christ's atonement, the Atonement is what he did in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. They will then describe how things fell away from the true knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, which fulfilled a statement by Paul that there would be a falling away first. That happened, necessitating a restoration of the gospel in its purity. Many truths are still with the rest of the world, but some things were lost, and therefore had to be restored. I believe in this restoration, once you hear more about it it will make a lot of sense to you. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

James Anderson
Mormons are Christians, I am a Christian. In my life, I've never heard anything taught that is anything other than the gospel of Jesus Christ. From my earliest days and singing the song 'Tell Me the Stories of Jesus', to just last week in my congregation, I have always heard and have spoken myself about Jesus Christ and his Atonement, and how the gospel has affected my life. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, reinforces my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

James Anderson
I know some people bristle at the idea that we could or would perform baptisms for our ancestors, some believe that if one is not baptized they are lost forever, but this is a way where they can receive that and continue towards an eventual return to the presence of God and Jesus Christ. We don't know if they have accepted or rejected what we do, or even whether they will or not. We don't even count them as 'members' precisely because we simply don't know that either way. However, it is not something one should be worried about, or feel we have wronged them, but rather, one should see it as a positive thing, even a thing of honor, in that we felt they were good and even great people in this life. Why should then they not have an opportunity to accept salvation, and return to the presence of God? So even if you find baptisms were performed for one or more ancestors, consider it a positive thing. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

James Anderson
This may come as no surprise to many, the official name of the Church, 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' can seem to be a little long. So some people early on, primarily from outside the church, shortened the name to 'Mormon'. The name came about because we believe The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ' to be the word of God alongside the Holy Bible, so they began using the term 'Mormon' to be a nickname for us. A good example of this generally, for example, are things like movies, or restaurant chains, have names that are a little longer so at some point someone comes up with something to call it 'for short', and the name sticks. There are a few well-known examples of that. Some say we worship someone else other than Jesus Christ because of that name but that is not the case nor has it ever been so. We worship God, in the name of Jesus Christ, as the scriptures teach and say, there is no name under heaven that men can be saved, besides through Jesus Christ. Therefore we are Christians, as well as being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less